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Monday, February 10, 2014

Four Fat Envelopes . . .

. . . arrived from the Mercer County, Pennsylvania, Courthouse on Saturday.  They require self-addressed, stamped envelopes with requests -- and I knew 48 pages would not fit in one envelope, so I sent four.  (Note to self:  next time send a large envelope with more than enough postage so the pages arrive in order.)

For John Froman and his family, I received
  • Petition 7 of December 1872 from Proceeding Book 6 (16 pages) which is the petition of Catherine Froman on behalf of her children that the court appoint a guardian.  These pages give me the names of John and Catherine Froman's children
  • O.S. 3410-D, documents from December 1872 and August 1876 (32 pages).  

I have not had time to peruse the pages but a quick overview recounts what must have been a sorrowful time in the life of John Froman's widow and seven young children.  I am eager to decipher the handwriting and learn what I can about John and his family.

--Nancy.
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8 comments:

  1. YAY -- I hope your pages have NEAT and CLEAR handwriting. When it's just a couple steps above scribble, my eyes get tired. Plus I am usually so eager to learn the facts that I end up skipping over the parts that are difficult to read. Yes, I do go back but the process is tedious. I always utter a big THANK-YOU to the clerks with good penmanship.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. Several different people wrote the records; some have better handwriting than others. And some of the copies are nice and dark, others are barely there, some not visible at all. On my first look at the records, I did just what you do: I skipped over the hard-to-read parts. I fear what I find will be less than what I hoped to find -- but it will still be more than I had.

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  2. YEAH....That is sooo exciting. As soon as the weather breaks, whenever that will be--possibly May, I will go to indiana County Historical Society (PA) There is a possibility that my cousin and I found Father Coleman 1780-1847. We found a guy with the name of Thomas and the birth and death dates of the above, living with a daughter Rachel. I hope mine pans out...

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    1. Yes, it's exciting, even more so that they came so soon, especially after waiting for so many years.

      It seems like it might be till May that we'll be done with winter. This one has been so cold and snowy. How exciting to have a lead on another ancestor. I hope it turns out to your man!

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  3. Hurray! I bet you were doing a genealogy happy dance when these pages arrived.

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    1. I was! I just wish I hadn't had to work the week after they arrived. I think I can work on deciphering the handwriting beginning tomorrow.

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  4. My heart races just thinking about four envelopes full of information! I hope there's another post coming once you're done transcribing...

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    1. Yes, another post or several. I'm looking forward to the deciphering to begin.

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